Joshua Dugdale

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Joshua Dugdale
Joshua Dugdale

(1974-09-20) 20 September 1974 (age 44)
OccupationFilm director
Years activesince 2000

Joshua Dugdale, FRSA (Birmingham 20 September 1974), is a British documentary film-maker. He studied economics at the University of Manchester.

Dugdale has made films around the world on drug barons, gangsters, police forces and revolutionaries. His 2002 film for the BBC, LAPD Blues, won the highest ratings of that year for a BBC current affairs documentary.

In 2005–2008 he made a three-year biopic of the fourteenth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, The Unwinking Gaze. In this film he recorded the Dalai Lama as a leader of the Tibetan people, rather than portraying him as spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism as is done customarily. Notable awards given Dugdale were the Mammoth Best Documentary award in 2008 as well as the runner up in the Best Documentary section for the Foreign Press Association in 2008. The Guardian suggested that 'it could force China into a more civil and humanitarian stance towards Tibet.'

Dugdale is the son of former Aston Villa chairman Sir William Dugdale, 2nd Baronet, a descendant of the Noble House of Stratford, and his wife, Cecilia (Cylla) Mary, daughter of Sir William Mount, 2nd Baronet of Wasing Place in Berkshire which he inherited in 2014. Dugdale is also a cousin of former Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron.[1]


Film Year Remark
Pepe and his Cuban Heels 1996 On life in Cuba
The Tijuana Cartel 2001
LAPD Blues 2002 Reporter
The Unwinking Gaze 2008 Director/producer; biography of Tenzin Gyatso


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